Philippus de Monte in Praag
The atmospheric church of Park abbey will be the setting of DeVespers, a series of concerts on Sunday afternoon with age-old music written for the evening prayer service. Cappella Mariana explores the vesper motet repertoire of Philippe de Monte and his contemporaries from Prague.
“A quiet and modest person, who speaks Italian as fluently as his mother tongue and also has a command of Latin, French and Dutch … undeniably the best composer to be found in the country.” Thanks to this enthusiastic recommendation, De Monte was appointed Kapellmeister to the Habsburg Emperor’s chapel in Vienna in 1568.
Nine years later, he moved with the imperial court to Prague. He would remain Kapellmeister until his death in 1603. One of his main responsibilities was composing music for the (liturgical) court ceremonies.
The ensemble Cappella Mariana from the Czech Republic pays homage to Philippe de Monte, who put his musical talent at the service of the court in Prague in the final years of his life.
Voices of Passion – autumn 2021
A multi-vocal anniversary
2021 is an anniversary year for polyphony. The Alamire Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2021. As centre of excellence at KU Leuven and creative ambassador of the City of Leuven, the Foundation has invested in research and valorisation of Gregorian chant and polyphony from the Low Countries since 1991. 30CC and Alamire have intensely and happily worked together for 30 years to let this unique heritage be heard in churches and abbeys.
After the opening concert of the festival with English music from one of Pierre Alamire’s manuscripts, the focus shifts to the second half of the 16th century. In 1521, Philippe de Monte was born in Mechelen, where he was probably educated as a choir boy in St Rumbold's Cathedral. His flourishing career brought him to Italy, England, Vienna and Prague, where he died in 1603. He was one of the most productive composers of his time, with no less than 1200 madrigals, 300 motets and 40 masses.
Voices of Passion seizes the opportunity to give this lesser-known master the attention he deserves.
Residency Cappella Mariana
From November 15 to 21, Cappella Mariana will be in residency at Alamire Foundation. For this residency, they're supported by the i-Portunus scheme by the European Commission. This scheme supports the mobility of artists, creators and cultural professionals, implemented by consortia of cultural organisations.
i-Portunus is funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU, the Goethe Institut, l'Institut français and the Izolyatsia platform for cultural initiatives
artistic direction Vojtěch Semerád photo Petra Hajska